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Audit Notes: Glades Crusade, Greenspan Deflects, Whatever Happened to…?

The New York Times's excellent investigation into Florida's deal for thousands of acres in the Everglades finds an awful lot... More

Bloomberg Shows Banks Teetering with Market Prices

Some good reporting by Bloomberg today shows how the banking system is dependent on make-believe accounting to help prop it... More

Before Preemption There Was Riegle-Neal

That may be the least-SEO-friendly headline of all time, but hey, we're not the Huffington Post! This from the Journal's... More

Audit Notes: God of Journalism, Pandit Panned, Wolff’s Own Medicine

The new-hire newsroom memo has long been a hotbed of puffery—a place where journalists consistently put aside their cynicism and... More

Carrying Water for White-Collar Criminals

William D. Cohan pleads for a Goldman convict to be pardoned

Edward Ericson Jr. of Baltimore City Paper points us to a long, weird William D. Cohan blog piece at New... More

Revisiting That Hyped WSJ Hedge-Fund Story

Last week, The Wall Street Journal ran an odd story on its front page headlined "Hedge Funds Pound Euro"—something Felix... More

Audit Notes: Bennett on Health Care, Fortune, WaPo Digital, Facebook

Bloomberg editor Amanda Bennett has a remarkable story today recounting her husband's battle with cancer, how much it cost to... More

TNR on Obama and Regulation

Secretary of Audit Dean Starkman has often criticized the press for its lackluster coverage of regulation, while acknowledging that it's... More

CNBC Millionaires Don’t Believe in Predatory Lending

Barry Ritholtz points to this ludicrous CNBC segment where everyone gangs up on Janet Tavakoli for pointing out the obvious:... More

Audit Notes: Monopoly Culture, Health Care, SNLers on CFPA

Thomas Frank reviews an interesting-looking book on monopolies in the American economy—one that argues that there are more than you... More

The NYT Muffs the Second-Day Fed-CFPA Story

The New York Times tries to play catch-up on the proposal to put the Consumer Financial Protection Agency inside the... More

Corporate Welfare Columns, Yea and Nay

The Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein takes on corporate welfare at the local level today and shows how such a column... More

Audit Notes: Deflation, SEC Wrist Slap, ARMs

It seems odd that the press hasn't written more about the threat of deflation. Paul Krugman, no inflation hawk he,... More

Newspapers’ Online Ads Are Worse Than You Think

Martin Langeveld points out something interesting in Scripps's fourth-quarter earnings: Those already-dismal online advertising numbers you've seen for newspapers? They're... More

Fed Up, Consumers Down

The Federal Reserve isn't exactly known as a friend of the little guy. And for good reason. So it borders... More

Audit Notes: CDS Ban, WSJ v. NYT, A No-Layoffs Policy

Wolfgang Munchau asks in the Financial Times why it's still legal to buy credit-default swaps when you don't own the... More

The Unemployed on the Payday Loan Treadmill

The Los Angeles Times reports that payday lenders are feasting on the jobless, taking huge chunks of their unemployment checks... More

Breakingviews Says This Out of Love, Goldman

Shorter Reuters Breakingviews: "The great Goldman Sachs, despite its greatness, should apologize for not living up to its higher standards... More

Audit Notes: North Dakota Tea, WSJ Heds, AP Charge

This is good bread-and-butter business reporting by The Wall Street Journal. It reports on an oil boom unfolding in North... More

No Context on the Fed’s New Fangs

Since when has the Federal Reserve been an investigative pit bull? Since never. But don't look to the major papers... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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